Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy
Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels underpin the strategy. Full text of the Strategy

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European Employment Strategy Additional tools To respond to the crisis and to speed up its economic growth, Europe needs to focus its efforts in a coordinated manner and with an eye on priorities. The Annual Growth Survey (AGS) charts a clear direction on where Europe should be heading in the next cycle of the "European Semester" , changing the way governments shape their economic and fiscal policies. CIP COSME 2014-2020 Additional tools What is COSME? COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME will support SMEs in the following area. Regulation establishing COSME 2014-2020 Programme COSME 2015 Work Programme and financing decision (29 October 2014).

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Sony Kapoor and Peter Bofinger Overspending by governments, we have been told, triggered this crisis. The cure thus lies in immediate austerity, hence last month's German-led push for a eurozone fiscal compact and the UK's pursuit of similar policies. But, as demonstrated by the experiences of Greece, Portugal and Spain, this course leads to biting, deep recessions and worsens public indebtedness. Private Company Knowledge Bank Private equity represents a class of investors, their funds, and their subsequent investments, which are made in private companies or in public companies with the goal of taking them private. Private equity investments are primarily made by private equity firms, venture capital firms, or angel investors, each with its own set of goals, preferences, and investment strategies, yet each providing working capital to the target firm to nurture expansion, new product development, or restructuring of the firms operations, management, or ownership. Aside from the outline of the private company life cycle below, this chapter will focus primarily on private equity firms, which represent the majority of the money in the private equity industry and characteristically invest in the buy-outs of mature companies and venture capital firms, which typically make high risk equity investments in seed, early, and growth stage private companies. The Private Company Life-Cycle The Father of Venture Capitalism

The Myth of Europe - by Gareth Harding When the euro officially entered circulation at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2002, fireworks lit up the night sky across Europe to celebrate the scrapping of the French franc, German deutsche mark, Greek drachma, and a clutch of other ancient currencies. Brussels hosted an extravagant sound-and-light show, while Frankfurt unveiled a five-story statue of the freshly minted euro as a pop band belted out "With Open Arms (Euro World Song)." "I am convinced," European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg declared, that the launch of euro coins and banknotes "will appear in the history books in all our countries and beyond as the start of a new era in Europe." The early 2000s did feel like the European moment.

How Austerity Is Killing Europe by Jeff Madrick On the last day of 2011, a headline in The Wall Street Journal read: “Spain Misses Deficit Target, Sets Cuts.” The cruel forces of poor economic logic were at work to welcome in the new year. The European Union has become a vicious circle of burgeoning debt leading to radical austerity measures, which in turn further weaken economic conditions and result in calls for still more damaging cuts in government spending and higher taxes.

Austerity has never worked Last week saw a string of bad economic news reports. The eurozone leaders seem unwilling or unable to change from their austerity policies, even as Greece and Spain fall apart and the core eurozone economies contract. Britain watches on as its economy is heading for the third consecutive quarter of contraction, with an unexpectedly sharp fall in manufacturing. Employment & Poverty - EAPN EAPN Ireland actively promotes the idea that everyone of working age should have access to a quality job. We are also concern ourselves at a policy level with (1) unemployment in a comparative European context, (2) comparative European responses to unemployment and the welfare state and (3) the strong and deeply damaging link between poverty and unemployment. EAPN Ireland convenes an Employment Working Group of mainly national community organisations which engages with a number of areas related to employment policy at national and European level. This section of the site is under under development to take into account a constantly evolving employment context at national and European level.

why is the EU important for anti-poverty? Why is the EU important to anti-poverty groups? Since 2000 the Lisbon strategy set the objective of making a decisive impact on poverty and social exclusion by 2010. In 2010 this was replaced by Europe 2020.The EU can set minimum standards and rights – this has been increased through the adherence to the Charter of Fundamental Rights which has binding effect as part of the Lisbon Treaty.It can be a source of funding for community development and anti-poverty projects and opportunity to participate in transnational projects and mutual exchange. Social Europe: the History

What's wrong with EU2020? Publication date : 2010 Number of pages : 7 This Policy Brief - European Social Policy is critically assessing the Commission's 2020 strategy paper. The author addresses the main problematic aspects of the new strategy being the lack of a thorough evaluation of the preceding strategy, the absence of any real consideration of the environmental and economic crisis, the tensions and contradictions between the different aims of the strategy and its problematic provisions in terms of governance.

Irish Government not reaching its own targets on Europe 2020 Strategy - failing poor and vulnerable Government is failing to reach the key targets it set itself as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy immediately after it came to power in 2011. A new study from Social Justice Ireland published today, January 30th, 2012 shows that many of Ireland's major indicators on poverty and social inclusion are moving in the wrong direction. Poverty has increased by almost 60,000. Unemployment is not falling and the numbers employed are not increasing. Action in areas such as adult literacy is nowhere near what is required. There can be no doubt that both the Irish Government and the EU are failing Ireland's poorest and most vulnerable.

Are Europe's leaders giving up on Europe's poor? Judging by their actions in recent days European leaders seem to be abandoning the most vulnerable people in Europe. At its meeting on March 25/6, 2010 the European Council failed to set targets on reducing poverty or addressing educational disadvantage. While the European Commission had proposed relatively modest targets on both issues to be two of the five headline goals for the Europe 2020 Strategy, these were not accepted by the Heads of Government. Instead they produced meaningless, aspirations in their ‘Conclusions’ published on March 26.

European Social Fund Spending allocation per country. Spending by demographics. The European Social Fund (ESF) is the European Union's main financial instrument for supporting employment in the member states of the European Union as well as promoting economic and social cohesion. ESF spending amounts to around 10% of the EU's total budget. The ESF is one of the EU Structural Funds, which are dedicated to improving social cohesion and economic well-being across the regions of the Union.

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